This limited edition Lions Origin Club Jersey is now available. Ships within 48 hours
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These jerseys feature the new Lions Origin Club logo reflecting the heritage and traditions of Loughrea rugby club who have managed to produce a Lion.
Loughrea RFC has qualified as a Lions Origin Club due to the appearances of Ciaran Fitzgerald.
Ciaran Fitzgerald captained the Lions on their 1983 Tour to New Zealand – starting all four Tests against the All Blacks and making 11 appearances in total.
Born in Loughrea, Galway, Fitzgerald was a talented boxer and hurler in his youth before opting to focus on rugby.
Having represented University College Galway and St. Mary’s College in Dublin, the hooker captained Ireland to Five Nations glory in 1983 – after skippering them to the Triple Crown the previous year.
Fitzgerald’s impressive leadership in those Ireland successes prompted manager Willie John McBride and coach Jim Telfer to hand him the Lions captaincy for the 1983 Tour.
The Lions would ultimately lose the Test series 4-0 to the All Blacks but Fitzgerald went on to skipper Ireland to another Triple Crown in 1985 before winning his final cap against Scotland at Lansdowne Road a year later.
Following his retirement from playing, he served as Ireland head coach between 1990 and 1992 – leading them to the quarter-finals of the 1991 World Cup.
100% Polyester - Regular Fit
Adult design is based on the new Kori range and comes with a loop collar
Junior design is based on the Kaha jerseys and comes with a collar